Creating samples and beats with producer Leon Michels from scratch, Hanni El Khatib has created a rollicking sampledelic opus with Flight that recalls the beautiful chaos that the Dust Brothers created on Paul’s Boutique and Odelay . It's filtered through the singular lo-fi style that El Khatib has developed over the previous ten years, but it's also like if Dilla and Madlib had come up on The Cramps. Because El Khatib wasn’t concerned with the need to perform the songs live, it unlocked a new level in composition. So rather than blistering guitar attacks, you might hear two drum samples, a live flute, and a weird tape loop that could never be played live. It’s a record both dense and intricate yet direct and spontaneous. It is garage rock, it is hip-hop, it is soul, it is blues, it is psychedelic, but more than anything, it’s a brilliant Hanni El Khatib record.